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All 573 Santa Monica Restaurants

Cha Cha Chicken

1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
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Ranked #109 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $0 - $20
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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  • English first
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  • Japanese first
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English first
Belmar, New Jersey
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162 reviews 162 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I visited the Northridge location. Excellent meal. Super friendly staff. Cha Cha Chicken just falls off the bones. So tender, juicy. They gave us free chips & salsa. The salsa was maybe black beans or mole, I;m not sure. I should've asked because it was insanely good. If they had jars for sale I would've bought a case. Rice &... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Super enjoyable place and atmosphere. Went there for lunch after chilling on the beach - and this was very close and came recommended from the friends I was with. You can bring your own beer to this place, which is something I've never heard of before but I loved it. I had the coconut chicken and it was really good.... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Our family of 10 had some great lunch time take out. Great jerk chicken and really tasty salmon. Refreshing fruit blend drinks as well. Prices were reasonable and service was quite prompt for such a small and popular place.

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Rockville Centre, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

V isited the area this past weekend. There was a conference in town so all places were busy. Line outside made me think that the food must be good so wait it was. Online a very nice young lady who was from the area made suggestions for lunch. I had the coconut chicken which was worth the 1/2 hour wait... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Cha Cha Chicken is a real Santa Monica local. Great jerk chicken, Cubano sandwiches, soup, wings, plantains, rice and beans in a fun outdoor setting. BYOB so head to Star Liquor on Main St to pick up some beer and enjoy a fun, inexpensive night out. Cha Cha also has amazing juice (watermelon and mango).

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Annandale, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

On the way to LAX our daughter took us to this colorful hole-in-the-wall a block in from the beach in Santa Monica. Order the goods at the walk-up window and then go find a table on the funky-decorated patio. The ambiance is great...good music, great decor, and the best ever jerk chicken. For the three of us we ordered the... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Seriously, I went to this place for years before it became a hipster phenomenon. I always wished them success as they are so good I don't want them to go away. Now there are lines but I guarantee you it is indeed worth the wait. Pleasant colorful atmosphere with outdoor seating and some reggae beats and often some interesting people... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The Mole, tortilla, black beans, rice and lemonade were all very good. I found the Cha Cha chicken to be a bit too sweet but I would go back to eat there. The gentlemen working behind the counter were all very attentive and provided excellent service. You order your food at the counter and they give you a number and... More 

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Santa Monica, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Cha Cha Chicken is this enchanting little Caribbean place tucked off of Ocean Ave in Santa Monica, partially concealed by a thicket of tropical trees and bougainvillea vines. Once behind the palm fronds and fence, you'll enjoy finding ramshackle island decor, tables covered with Hawaiian print oilcloth, and simply unbeatable Caribbean-inspired eats!! Totally delightful and refreshing when the temperature soars,... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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59 reviews 59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What a lovely surprise on a hot summer day. Ordered some Jerk Chicken, Enchiladas, Empanadas, Dirty Rice and Beans, Cuban Fries, Black Pepper Shrimp. Each and everything was delicious. Especially the black pepper shrimp. Best part? This is a BYOB place! You can bring your own booze to go with the food your order here!

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Additional Information about Cha Cha Chicken

Address: 1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
Phone Number: 310-581-1684
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Friday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Caribbean

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?